Staff Spotlight: Marcie Schumert

On November 29, 2017, in Career Insight, Staff Profile, by Walker News

Marcie Schumert, Asst. Director Career Development

Marcie Schumert is Assistant Director for Career Development in the Webster University Career Planning & Development Center. Marcie works closely with all Walker School students, providing guidance and advice related to career management, job search techniques, interview skills and more. She is available to meet via appointment or during her drop-in hours in the EAB Edward Jones Commons on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: The hobby I spend the most time on is running. I enjoy training for and running races ranging from 5k’s to marathons. I just completed the Chicago Marathon in October! The thing I like most about running is that I get out what I put in – the better I train, the better I race!

Q: What would you tell a student who doesn’t know what they should do after college?

A: I encourage students who are unsure about the future to take small actions to make connections and gain experience. For example: conduct an informational interview with someone working in a field of interest, attend a career/internship fair to meet new employers and learn about opportunities, learn something new through a Webster course or a tutorial, or take career assessments through the Career Planning & Development Center to receive some objective information on possibilities.

Q: What key advice to you give students before an interview?

A:Know your audience. In other words, do your research on the employer and reflect on how your knowledge and experiences align with their needs. Resources like the company website, certain Library databases, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor are useful to learn about the company’s products/services, strengths, opportunities, and approach to interviewing. When you understand your audience, you can more confidently offer clear examples of how you will contribute your knowledge and skills. Plus, the research will help you develop questions you want to ask the interviewer, which is essential to demonstrate your curiosity and interest.

Q: Anything else about you that is interesting?

A: Practice interviews with students are my favorite type of appointment! Practice interviews offer students a chance to run through a mock interview and develop interviewing skills. Yes, they can be nerve-wracking; however, they’re great learning experiences. What I love about practice interviews is the opportunity to hear our students’ stories and learn about their experiences in more depth. Every student’s path is unique and a practice interview just might be the step that helps the student obtain an internship or job offer to take that path further or in a new direction.

Surviving the Work Tsunami Disaster

On January 5, 2015, in Career Insight, by Walker News

“What do you mean, I don’t have a job? I’ve been with the company for years.”

It’s at this time you really feel like the tsunami wave just hit you. All of a sudden you are looking for a way to catch your breath and start figuring out a way to swim to dry land! You are looking for a way to stand on something that won’t slip out from under your feet! Here are a few questions you need answers to and fast!

  • How long will I have to find a job until my funds run out? What’s the average amount of time it takes for an individual to find a job?
  • What’s my cost to use COBRA insurance and how long can I use this insurance? Can I afford it?
  • Where do I go to find a job fast! Where are the openings?
  • What am I qualified to do? Most importantly, where is the last resume I drafted?

Immediately move Into CAREER RECOVERY!

Here are five steps that you can take to recover from your career tsunami disaster:

1.) Grieve your loss – It is natural to have a wave of feelings such as anger, depression or even stress.  At this time the question “Why” is the question that keep snagging you for an answer. “Why me?” The key question that will move you on to a new career is, “What are the next steps I need to take with the facts I currently know are true?” It’s refocusing your mind to look forward and not looking back on “woulda, coulda, shoulda.“ The faster you can shift, the better off you will be. Identify your feelings and grieve your loss. It’s healthy!

2.) Inventory & gather facts – Take a close look at your career path.  Look at each career step you made and find the common denominator.  Find the clues in your past employment cycle and identify what works for you. Too many individuals look at education as a method for finding direction into what career they should pursue. They should look first at their previous career. Past success patterns can help you identify the right career fit and whether or not you need additional schooling or training.  If you don’t find your success patterns, you could fall into the trap of becoming a “Professional Student.”

3.) Position yourself as a valuable contributor – I often ask jobseekers what career target they are marketing themselves for.  I hear things like, “Well I could do this or I have some interest in that or I could also do this job because I have some training in this other area…” I recently talked with someone that had several degrees. She was educated but lacked a marketing focus. As she continued to talk, I quickly realized that one reason why she couldn’t find career success was because she was playing the role of a beggar rather than a valuable contributor.

4.) Seek advisors – If you are having trouble moving on  from asking “Why” to “What do I do next,” than you might need a counselor to help you work through the steps of grieving.  It has nothing to do with being smart enough.  It has everything to do with getting to a solution, with the least time, money and heartache.

When buying a house we seek out a realtor.  Why?  Because they are the experts in their field.  They have eyes that see things the average person cannot see.  They save us a lot of time, energy and money by helping us find the right choice or house to fit us perfectly.

If you are stuck, stalled or confused about what to do next in your career, consider one career session that will get to the root cause of your career pain… Visit or call 314-966-3888.  In one meeting we will find out what works for you, what needs attention and what next steps you need to take in order to reach your career objective.

5.) Develop a measurable strategy – If you set a goal to save money for holiday spending, than you have to map out a plan. When it comes to saving money we adjust our budgets and then periodically revisit the process to make sure we reach our desired outcome.  If we find that we didn’t follow the strategic plan, we then have two choices. Identify where the process fell apart, learn from the experience or ditch the plan and just let life’s circumstances take over, which most likely will not give us the results we set out to accomplish. .

It is so important that you measure the progress of your career plan when seeking employment. If you are not sure about what specific career you want, then take the time to define and know your target.  You can’t hit the target if you keep moving it.


About the Author: david hults-2014
David Hults is a nationally known career coach and speaker, as well as a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University where he also completed graduate courses toward his MBA.  Since 1987, Hults is the author of five books, a CD coaching series and has created the most sought after interview flash card set, which makes the interview simplified and painless.  His experience in human resources led him to work for Express Scripts, a Fortune 500 company, as well as one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, BJC.  He has been coaching individuals for more than 20 years on how to break through individual roadblocks while also delivering speeches across the nation discussing how to manage change in careers and organizations today. For more information, visit his website at





Students working on a master’s degree learn many new skills and analyze in-depth research that will help prepare them to advance in their chosen fields. At Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, graduate students will now be offered a career management and coaching program as part of their education.

The Walker School will pilot the program during the Spring I and Spring II terms under the course number MNGT 5870 – Issues in Management: Career Success for the 21st Century. Beginning in Summer 2015, all graduate students worldwide will be able to take advantage of this benefit under the course number WSBT 5000 – Career Success for the 21st Century.

The unique career management benefit will be offered through a partnership with Right Management, a global leader in talent and workforce solutions.

“Whether our students want to begin, advance or change their careers, this new professional development program will equip them with the tools and resources they need to proactively manage their careers and achieve their goals,” said Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the Walker School.  “Professional development and career management training are essential in today’s highly-competitive job market, and we’re excited to partner with Right Management on this innovative, student-focused initiative.”

Webster’s new Career Management Program will be delivered in two phases.  During Phase I of the program, students will enroll in the required course, Career Success for the 21st Century.  Delivered online, this one-credit hour course is designed to provide students with a foundation in career management; from self-assessments to social media and more. Students in this course will also be introduced to a Right Management career coach who has experience in helping professionals succeed.

At the conclusion of the program, students are encouraged to continue their career development by participating in Phase 2 of the program. Provided compliments of Webster University, this phase of the program provides students with 12-months of personalized career development, including one-on-one career coaching, guidance in developing a career action plan, updating their resumes and strengthening their interviewing and negotiation skills. Students who complete Phase 2 of the program are entitled to on-going career development support over the course of their entire careers through lifetime access to Right Management’s career resources and best practices, including its alumni network and job bank.

Find out more about the program, and register for Webster’s Career Management Program using your Connections account.